Friday 16 March 2018

'I'm very proud of the old girl'

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'I'm very proud of the old girl'

John Harrison was a Petty Officer Ordnance Artificer with the Royal Navy when he joined HMS Belfast in 1939. He served in the ship during the early months of her service off the coast of Great Britain and the Atlantic. He was on board when the ship hit a magnetic mine in the Firth of Forth.

The damage to the ship was so severe that she was out of action for three years. John remained in the navy but did not return to serve in HMS Belfast during the war.

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Veterans of HMS Belfast pose for photos on board, March 16 2018
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Photo of HMS Belfast's forward guns with the bridge in the background
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